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Unleashed (2005)

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David and Margaret of The Movie Show didn’t really like Unleashed, giving it a good panning, although admitting that they liked the action sequences and some of the performances. This raised my hackles a little — I liked this film, though I can see why some would feel that it’s a little cliched and lacking in dramatic depth. Nonetheless, I really think it’s the best thing that Jet Li’s done in the Western cinema world and very like several … (read more)

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Bollywood Queen (2004)

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Maybe there’s been too much Mike Leigh viewing recently but there must be something distinctly drab and grey about British film and TV that, when trying to recall examples of films in a contemporary setting, the only ones that come to mind are those that have dark and mundane urban settings or imperfect and almost tragic protagonists.

Of course you contrast this with the Bollywood tradition where things seem exotic and colourful – where there are no moral ambiguities and … (read more)

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